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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Extensive discussion of criminal activities like robbery, extortion, bribery, tax evasion, informing for the police, gambling, and drug use. Characters express some anti-immigrant sentiments. Discussion of the difference between British and European criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Beatings, shootings, stabbings, car crashes, drowning, and threats of torture. Golf clubs, baseball bats, baseballs, pencils, and more are used as weapons, with visible blood and gore. Also fistfights, scuffling, torture, pepper spray used as a weapon, and the threat of being devoured by crayfish.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some male nudity (buttocks). Quick-cut sex scenes. Women appear clad in underwear. Discussions of homosexuality; references to masturbation, oral sex, and hiring "escorts" sexual gestures.
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Pervasive strong English-accented language, including "f--k," "motherf---er," "damn," "s--t," "c--k," "bastard," and "wanker." Also derogatory sexual slang like "fag," "poof," "homo," "fairy," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands visible or discussed, including Range Rover and Johnnie Walker Black Label. Clips from Howards End are seen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine, champagne, beer, and hard liquor; cigars and cigarettes are smoked nearly constantly; extensive discussion and depiction of hard drug use, including crack, cocaine, and more. The dire ramifications and long-term effects of hard drug use are shown, with "junkie" characters living in squalor and enduring seizures and vomiting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fast-paced crime film depicts a constant stream of convivial criminality and bad behavior, including stealing, shooting, extortion, bribery, money laundering, gambling, drug and alcohol use, and more. As bloody and painful as some of it gets, director Guy Ritchie and his cast make it all look like great fun, too -- which makes for a great caper film but doesn't exactly convey any lessons above and beyond the code of the streets. Expect non-stop swearing and smoking, as well as frank depictions of drug use, violence, and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Shot on digital video, RocknRolla has a loose, fun feel to it. That's largely due to Gerard Butler's charming work as lead gangster "One-Two" and Mark Strong's work as classy crook Archie. ROCKNROLLA marks a return to form for writer-director Guy Ritchie, who burst onto the scene with the stylish, Tarantino-influenced crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. But recent years have seen Ritchie mentioned more for his marriage to Madonna than his films, so RocknRolla's mix of crime and comedy is a welcome reminder of what he can do when he does what he does best.
Other standouts in the cast include Toby Kebell, who plays burnt-out rock musician/junkie Johnny Quid; Kebell conveys the desperation, elation, squalor, and sleaze of serious crack addiction in a way that makes his bit part the soul of the film. Ritchie has a real flair for cartoon violence -- a robbery-fight-chase scene plays out as blood-soaked hilarity -- which means that RocknRolla is a higher grade of high-gloss caper-crime-comedy film. Ritchie has suggested that there'll be a series of films with these characters, and while it's hard to imagine anyone crying out for that as a matter of necessity after seeing RocknRolla, at least this film is a fun ride while you're watching it.
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